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Brighton exclusive: De Zerbi outcast Steven Alzate offered Belgium return through Club Brugge

Steven Alzate of Brighton

Steven Alzate on the ball for Brighton during Premier League match

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steven Alzate is a target for Club Brugge before the close of the Belgian summer transfer window, TEAMtalk understands.

Colombia international Alzate has found himself out of favour at Brighton under manager Roberto De Zerbi. The 24-year-old has fallen down the midfield pecking order at the Amex Stadium following the summer arrivals of Mahmoud Dahoud, James Milner and Carlos Baleba, who have all added competition for places.

Alzate was on the bench for the opening day of the season against Luton Town, which ended in a 4-1 win for the Seagulls. But Alzate has not been in the matchday squad for the last three games, with Brighton willing to listen to offers for him.

Alzate spent last season on loan at Belgian club Standard Liege, where he scored three goals and provided five assists in 29 appearances.

TEAMtalk understands his performances in Belgium have alerted Club Brugge. They are ready to offer him a return to Belgium before their transfer deadline of Wednesday September 6.

Alzate, who has three goals and two assists in 51 games since making his Brighton debut in 2017, is in the final year of his contract on the South Coast and now seems set to move on.